Maryland Nursing Homes To Start COVID-19 Vaccinations Wednesday

Nursing homes across Maryland are set to begin COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday. Gov. Larry Hogan will mark the occasion at Franklin Woods Center in Baltimore. Peak Healthcare at Copper Ridge in Sykesville will also start giving out the shots to both residents and staff. CVS Health, meanwhile, began administering COVID-19 vaccines across Maryland and the rest of the country, including at long-term care facilities, starting Monday. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore announces ethical policing program as department continues disciplinary reform measures

Baltimore police announced Tuesday the launch of its “Ethical Policing is Courageous” program, or EPIC, as the department seeks to institute better discipline and accountability among its ranks. In a news release, the department wrote it is partnering with the National Police Foundation to implement the program, a training program Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has brought to Baltimore from his previous job as the head of the New Orleans Police Department. (Balt Sun)

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‘It tore our hearts apart’: The coronavirus killed 5,000 Marylanders this year. Many families couldn’t even say goodbye.

Walter Edward Stokes Jr. grew up in a family of 12 children in West Baltimore, and spent his life serving the people around him. A devoted member of the Legion of Mary, an international Catholic service organization, the 70-year-old deacon at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Sandtown-Winchester loved visiting hospital patients and nursing home residents to talk, pray and lift their spirits. “That’s how he contracted the virus, being active in other people’s lives,” said his brother, the Rev. Al Stokes, chief of staff at the nearby First Mount Calvary Baptist Church on Fulton Avenue. (Balt Sun)

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Jury Trials Suspended Through April 23 Due To COVID-19, Maryland Judiciary Says

Jury trials will remain suspended through April 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Judiciary said Tuesday. Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera signed a number of administrative orders Tuesday not only suspending jury trials but also keeping hearings for some case types remote. The 12-page order extends Phase II restrictions through March 14 and prompts all jury trials between November 16 and April 23 to be rescheduled. (WJZ-TV)

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Mayor, police commissioner condemn violent weekend in Baltimore as killings reach 328, four people killed on Monday

After nine people were killed since Saturday, Baltimore’s mayor and police commissioner expressed frustration with the surge of homicides as 2020 comes to a close. Five people were killed over the weekend and seven others were injured in shootings. Two more men and two women were killed Monday and four others injured, police said. In one incident on Sunday, two women were killed in a double shooting just before 8:30 p.m. in the Saint Josephs neighborhood. The city has now seen 328 homicides this year. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland reports 2,265 coronavirus cases, 23 COVID-19 deaths

Maryland reported 2,265 new coronavirus cases Monday and 23 deaths tied to COVID-19, the disease the virus causes. Maryland has now seen 816 deaths in December, the highest of any month so far except for April and May, both months in which more than 1,000 people died in the state. Maryland has reported 1,302 deaths so far in November and December — about a quarter of the state’s overall death toll — after reporting fewer than 200 in October. (Balt Sun)

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Modified ‘Shop with a Cop’ event helps Westminster families in need during the holidays

Members of the Westminster Police Department collaborated with the Westminster Walmart for the 17th annual Shop with a Cop program, but this year’s event looked a little different. Shop with a Cop typically provides children with the opportunity to shop with a member of the Westminster Police Department for gifts for their families in a half-day’s worth of activities. Family members provide wish lists for the officers and the children get to choose gifts with officers by their side, according to a Westminster Police Department press release. (Carr Co Times)

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‘We Don’t Snitch’: Baltimore Officials Urge Residents To Answer COVID-19 Contact Tracers’ Questions

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and city officials are urging city residents to answer calls to COVID-19 contact tracers. Health department officials said they will not share personal information with police or immigration agencies. “Let me emphasize that we do not share your personal information with anyone, not the police, not immigration, not IRS, no other agency,” said Will Smith, senior manager for the case investigation contact tracing team for the Baltimore City Health Department. “We are the health department and the only reason we need this information is to help you help your family and your friends from becoming sick and also help those that are sick.” (WJZ)

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